Google's Trekker system captures the images that allow Street View users to wander along footpaths, up hills, and down narrow gullies. Launched just over a decade ago in February 2005, Google Maps now has over one billion monthly active users, with the service covering more than 200 countries and territories across the world, including, perhaps surprisingly, North Korea. In the Middle East, where an absence of street names and signage poses a constant challenge for residents and businesses, the service has also grown rapidly. There are now 14 localized Google maps, covering Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Tunisia, Yemen, and Algeria. The internet giant also provides a growing set of live traffic, direction, and navigation tools.
Flying can be pretty boring, especially if you can't bring a laptop, tablet, e-reader or any other electronic devices bigger than a cellphone into the passenger cabin as the latest edict from the Department of Homeland Security for flights involving 10 Middle Eastern and North African airports demands. So Royal Jordanian Airlines, one of the carriers impacted by the order, which takes effect early Friday, has a few suggestions for passengers traveling from Amman to Chicago, Detroit and New York, including "appreciate the miracle of flight," "pretend tray table is a keyboard" and "analyze the meaning of life." The airline also suggested passengers do "what we Jordanians do best: Stare at each other!" Royal Jordanian took a swipe at President Donald Trump's travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), tweeting, "every week a new ban." Under the hashtag #electronicban, Royal Jordanian promised Thursday's tweets were just the beginning and more mocking was in the offing.
Demonstrators gather near the White House to protest President Trump's travel ban on six majority Muslim countries on March 11, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis, AFP/Getty Images) SAN FRANCISCO – Redone or not, tech companies still oppose the Trump administration's revised travel ban on those arriving from six predominantly Muslim countries. On Wednesday more than 150 tech companies, including Google, Facebook, Tesla and Uber, filed an amicus brief against the travel restrictions. The revised executive order, issued March 6, would restrict for 90 days the issuance of visas to nationals from six predominantly Muslim countries -- Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen -- and suspend for 120 days the entry to the United States by refugees. Iraq was on the list for the executive order but was removed from the second, though Iraqi nationals may face additional scrutiny when traveling according to the second. Judges in Hawaii and Maryland have blocked enforcement of the suspension.
Organising on social media under the hashtag #MuslimBan, Americans gathered at airports across the country Saturday to protest President Donald Trump's travel ban on Muslim immigrants. Trump signed the executive order Friday, which included a 90-day travel ban for citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen, as well as a 120-day suspension of the U.S. refugee program. The move threw lives immediately into chaos, cancelling the travel plans of approved refugees and seeing those with valid U.S. visas turned away at transit stops or removed from planes. SEE ALSO: Iranian Oscar nominee barred from ceremony by Trump's Muslim ban Responding to calls from activists on Facebook and Twitter, New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) was flooded with hundreds of protestors. On Twitter, Adrienne Mahsa Varkiani, an associate editor at ThinkProgress, shared a list of protests being organised on Facebook to take place at city airports from Atlanta to Chicago.
President Donald Trump is expected to sign executive orders Wednesday at the Department of Homeland Security that would temporarily ban Muslim refugees and some visa holders from entering the U.S., according to reports. Countries that would be most impacted include Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. While Trump tweeted late Tuesday that he had a "big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow," many Muslims and their allies have expressed outrage over the plan. CAIR, a non-profit civil rights group, was organizing an emergency rally Wednesday night against Trump's Muslim travel ban at 5:00 p.m. EST at Washington Square Park in New York. More than 1,000 protestors had RSVP'd on the event's Facebook page as of Wednesday morning.